World Cup: Interactive Statosphere: AFG vs AUS

Afghanistan's spirited fight couldn't stop Australia from claiming a 7-wicket victory in their World Cup opener on Saturday.

Aus v Afg

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David Warner hit an unbeaten half-century on his official return to international cricket as Australia romped to victory by seven wickets in its World Cup opener against Afghanistan.

The five-time champions bowled Afghanistan out for 207 in 38.2 overs on a warm day here and then made steady progress, reaching its target with more than 15 overs to spare, with Warner 89 not out.

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Opting to bat first, Afghanistan found itself in trouble after losing its openers quickly right at the start. Rahmat Shah (43) and Hashmatullah Shahidi led a fightback for the minnows but Australia managed to restrict the team to a small total. 

The match was the first official Australian appearance in any format for Warner and former captain Steve Smith since the end of their year-long bans for ball-tampering.

Sportstar does a recap of the game, with infographics.

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